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Raksha Bandhan Exclusive: What makes these sisters special in the words of their brothers

Indian classical and Bollywood vocalist Shilpa Rao and her jazz pianist brother, Anurag Naidu, are one another’s largest supporters

“God, you really don’t know anything,” interrupts Shilpa Rao, 36, as her brother Anurag Naidu, 31, tries to elucidate why the two of them have totally different last names. “Rao is our Andhra surname and Naidu specifies the community. All four of us (the parents and siblings) have always had different last names, so it’s mind-boggling for the passport office,” is Shilpa’s on-point rationalization.

“But her name wasn’t Shilpa! It was Apeksha in school! Tell her!” nudges Anurag, and units the tone.

Daddy dearest

Their father, armed with an MA in classical music, was a stickler for practising usually.

“We were a unique family: our parents would rather buy a piano than a house. And because we are all wacky, we fit together,” Shilpa says.


I’ve acquired your back

Shilpa was the protecting older sibling – she took Anurag to his first Western classical music instructor in Mumbai. “The switch from Indian to Western classical happened because of her,” says Anurag.

But it was Anurag who impressed Shilpa. He was practising from the time he was three years previous!

“Our parents would rather buy a piano than a house” -Shilpa Rao

Match the melody

Not ones to precise how they really feel, the care comes by way of their actions: Shilpa purchased Anurag his first piano, in addition to educating him the Mumbai native journey fundamentals!

Lockdown diaries

Quarantined collectively, Anurag has found steamed fish made by Shilpa to be actually good.

Shilpa, six-and-a-half, and Anurag, 2, at their house in Jamshedpur in 1990

Shilpa, six-and-a-half, and Anurag, 2, at their home in Jamshedpur in 1990

Ask an impressed Anurag if he’s picked up the recipe, and Shilpa laughs. “He has only picked up the food and eaten it. ”

Delhi’s former karaoke brother-sister duo, Tanya and Karan Nambiar, on working collectively and having one another’s back

Brother-sister duo Karan and Tanya Nambiar hosted karaoke sessions together for nearly seven years

Brother-sister duo Karan and Tanya Nambiar hosted karaoke classes collectively for practically seven years
Shalini Nambiar

If you’ve attended a karaoke night time in Delhi in the last decade, you’ll have seen brother-sister duo Tanya and Karan Nambiar in motion. Or, if they’re to be believed, you’ve gotten witnessed them struggle. For that comes naturally while you work with household, no?

“Karan understands me better than my husband!” -Tanya Nambiar

That #KaraokeLife 

“Half of Delhi-NCR has seen us fight during our karaoke nights. People would walk up to us and ask if we had fought. It was difficult to separate the personal and professional,” laughs Tanya, now 33, a musician, voice-over artist and co-founder of El Diablo sauces.

“We survived living and working together – I think those seven years of hosting karaoke cemented our bond. We proved all those wrong who said one shouldn’t work with family,” quips Karan, 31, now a voice-over artist and accomplice at Captain Grub and Big City Pizza.


Knowing one another’s strengths professionally and personally labored for them – Karan labored the console, whereas Tanya dealt with the crowd.

“When we had technical issues, he would never lose his cool. I would be flipping out. And then we would fight over things like the mic not working,” remembers Tanya. On some nights, their mom would ship them off, saying, “Don’t fight today, okay?”

Picture excellent

Growing up, bodily fights have been ample, however they have been taught to have one another’s back. Much to their mother and father’ delight, they have been in the identical college and band.

“We shared the same mic as we both had similar vocal texture. It was the perfect Kodak moment for our parents,” laughs Tanya. And it was Karan who tried music (along with his band Guillotine) and meals (Captain Grub), earlier than Tanya examined the waters herself.

Tanya, 3, and Karan, 1, at their Delhi home in 1990

Tanya, 3, and Karan, 1, at their Delhi house in 1990

But that’s the place their similarities finish. Karan is a risk-taker like their mother, whereas Tanya is sensible and cautious, like their father. “I feel that Karan understands me better than my husband! I tend to overthink and jump 15 steps and overeact. Karan calms me down because he’s positive and realistic. We’re like Dee Dee and Dexter!” Tanya laughs.

Distance makes the coronary heart develop fonder

No longer residing in the identical home, Tanya has develop into much more motherly and protecting of Karan. “I still think of him as a baby, which annoys him at times,” she laughs, claiming she will be controlling.

“She’s never interfering,” interrupts Karan. “If I crash a car, she’ll cover up, although she can’t drive herself!” She’s at all times checking on him when he’s travelling, additionally as a result of he nods off at airports and is forgetful! “Well, he can’t forget Rakhi this year now,” Tanya laughs.

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From HT Brunch, August 2, 2020


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